Oris Watches - A Review Of The Artelier Worldtimer

Published: 21st January 2008
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Oris have made world timer watches in the past but the Artelier Worldtimer is somewhat different than previous models; the most important differences, to my mind, being the large case size, the quickset date and the ability to set a different time zone time without the need to use the crown. With some minor caveats, I really like the Oris Artelier Worldtimer.

I've been an admirer of Oris watches for many years. I like the fact they are all mechanical timepieces that are well-made, in very attractive designs and at a price most people can afford; with Oris you can own a beautiful Swiss-made watch for as little as $800.

The Artelier is a very attractive watch. It has silver and grey circular bands on a guilloche dial. At the 3 o'clock position there is the second world time subdial with hour and minute hands as well as a day/night indicator. The subdial at the 9 o'clock position is the second hand. The case comes in stainless steel and is 42.5mm wide. The design of the bezel differs from previous Artelier watches and is less pronounced making the overall appearance of the dial look large. There are rose gold, thin wedge-shaped indicators at each hour except at the 3 o'clock - where the T2 subdial is located. The date aperture is located at the 6 o'clock position.

The movement of the watch is complicated which makes using and setting the two time settings quite straightforward. The watch has a quickset function so that you can pull out the crown at position one to set the date, pulling out to position two allows one to set the time.

In order to use the two time zone setting function one has to first synchronize the T1 setting (the main hour and minute hands) with the T2 setting (the hour and minute hands in the subdial located at the3 o'clock position). When one travels to a different time zone, the time on the T1 dial is set to local time. This is easily accomplished by pressing one of the two pushers located on the side of the case at the 4 and 7 o'clock positions. To move forward simply press the pusher at the 4 o'clock position to jump the hour hand forward by one hour - one pushes 4 times to move the hour hand 4 hours forward, 5 times for 5 hours etc. Pressing the pusher at the 7 o'clock position decrements the hour hand. What you're left with is local time (T1) being displayed on the main dial with home time being displayed on the subdial. When returning home, the two times are again synchronized by pressing the pushers at either 4 or 7 o'clock position.

Another nice feature is the day and night indicator located in the T2 subdial at the 9 o'clock position - just so you won't forget if it's day or night back home.

One minor complaint is that the minute hands between the T1 and T2 dials can be out of synch by as much as two or three minutes - no doubt because of the complication of the movement. One other small criticism is of the strap. I like the steel strap however I think that the brown leather strap trying to imitate crocodile skin is a little cheesy. I would have just preferred a brown leather strap that looked just like brown leather.

The Artelier Worldtimer is a nice addition to Oris watches and will appeal to many who want a two time zone watch. It combines ease of use with stylish good looks a winning combination in any watch.

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